In this issue, we bring you news on pink concrete, billowing sails, and more...

Hello and welcome to the February issue of the Materials for Architecture Newsletter

In this issue, we bring you news on pink concrete, billowing sails, and more...

Lighting the way to sustainability

William McDowell of Hambleside Danelaw explains how recent innovations in GRP rooflights can help specifiers contribute towards BREEAM and sustainability. It is impossible to be unaware of the drive to increase our sustainability in building design. However, many architects are unaware that by looking upwards they can shed light on a simple... Read more...
Published 18/02/2020 via

Climate control

A new Canadian engineering faculty building will research and develop solutions for clean power innovation, as part of the Government’s response to climate change. ADF’s Sébastien Reed speaks to its architect Venelin Kokalov about a project that uses glazing to engage with its surroundings. Revery Architecture was first approached by Simon Fraser... Read more...
Published 18/02/2020 via

Get your cladding quality right

John Russell of Russwood explains why using a premium quality timber cladding, along with the right fixing system, is vital to ensure your cladding looks good for the long term. The popularity of timber as a cladding material is on the rise, with many self-builders choosing to specify it for their project. The environmental and sustainable credentials of timber are... Read more...
Published 17/02/2020 via

The need to embrace solar control glass for net zero

Leo Pyrah of Pilkington UK outlines the role of solar control glass in the battle to get to net zero carbon by 2050, and explains what could be holding the solution back from being specified more widely by architects. The race to hit net zero carbon by 2050 has renewed discussion in Government and across the building design industry about how we make... Read more...
Published 17/02/2020 via

A clearer view of safety

Among the functions performed by glass and glazing systems as part of the building envelope, fire safety and protecting lives are critical. Darren Wainwright of SE Controls explains systems’ roles in addressing smoke control and compliance issues. Within residential buildings over three storeys high, smoke control systems need to be incorporated as... Read more...
Published 17/02/2020 via

A 3D printed pavilion made of sand

A collaboration between Mamou-Mani & Studio Precht, the Sandwaves is the largest sand-printed installation to date, made of 58 3D printed elements of sand and furan resin. Made for the Diryah Season event curated by Design Lab Experience, the 58 3D printedelements form a continuous ribbon for people to pass through. The installation is made... Read more...
Published 11/02/2020 via

Jun Aoki designs exterior of 'billowing sails' for Louis Vuitton maison in Japan

French fashion house Louis Vuitton has opened the largest of its flagship stores in Osaka, Japan with a facade by architect Jun Aoki and interiors by New York designer Peter Marino. Inspired by sailing vessels the concept reflects the city’s heritage as Japan’s most important port. Jun Aoki has designed a light and airy white structure that references the billowing sails... Read more...
Published 29/01/2020 via

David Adjaye curves pink concrete around Los Angeles store The Webster

David Adjaye has used pink-tinted concrete to form a "tough and gentle" store in Los Angeles for fashion retailer The Webster, which marks the British-Ghanaian architect's first project in California. Adjaye Associates was enlisted to create the 11,000-square-foot (1,022-square-metre) flagship store for the luxury retailer at the base of the Beverly Center... Read more...
Published 24/01/2020 via

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